Where to Work Out in Hong Kong

1) PURE Fitness

What: Arguably the best (chain-style) gym in Hong Kong. Provides T-shirts, shorts, socks, towels, yoga mats, boxing equipment, cardio equipment with personal touch-screen TVs, phone-charging lockers, headsets, sauna, steamroom. Group classes include Les Mills classes like Bodypump, Bootcamp, spinning, muay thai, pole dancing and more.
Locations: Central, Soho, Admiralty, Repulse Bay, Mongkok, Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay
Cost: Depends on length of contract, number of locations and whether you include Pure Yoga. Ranges from HK$750 – HK$1,200+ / month; but whatever you do, remember to negotiate HARD!
Trial period: 7 days

2) Fitness First

What: Decent gym with reasonable membership fees. Cardio equipment also have hte standard personalised TVs and workout clothing is provided. Membership entitles you to use the international network of other Fitness First gyms. There is a swimming pool at the TST location.
Locations: Sheung Wan, Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, Fortress Hill, North Point, Tsim Sha Tsui and Kwun Tong
Cost: About HK$600/month, depending on length of contract.
Trial period: 3 days

3) California Fitness (GONE OUT OF BUSINESS!)

What: A gym for the masses, reputed to be full of vain men and annoying, in-your-face salespeople. Sign up here only if you can stand being sold to every time you step in and out of the building! Equipment is run down except for at newer locations.
Locations: Central, Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Quarry Bay, Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Bay, Tuen Mun, Whampoa
Cost: Around HK$300-400/month
Trial period: 7 days

5) Physical Fitness

What: Super local gym combined with beauty centre, poster boyed by Cantopop ‘Heavenly King’ Aaron Kwok and his super chiseled (and possibly photoshopped?) abs. Sometimes you can get a deal off Groupon or some months of membership thrown in with your memberships to other companies like PCCW. Basic gym to work out at.
Locations: Causeway Bay, Quarry Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Mei Foo, Shatin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Sheung Shui
Cost: Dirt cheap (around HK$200/month, but you get what you pay for)
Trial period: 7 days

6) Anytime Fitness


What: Smaller gyms that are open 24/7 for you to work out anytime you want. Locations are further out and target areas where the bigger chains won’t touch. Basic but good selection of equipment from Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Precor, etc. Some group classes are offered but check per location.
Locations: Kowloon City, Kwai Chung and Sai Ying Pun
Cost: TBD
Trial period: Day pass

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Disclaimer: This list is by no means a be-all and end-all to gyms in Hong Kong and feature my personal opinions only. I am not professionally affiliated with any of the gyms, but I was a Pure Fitness member at one point. I chose Pure Fitness because I like how clean it is, the wide variety of classes, the fact that I don’t need to bring a ton of gym gear with me to the gym, and its close proximity to my workplace — but everyone has their own reasons for choosing their gym. I also quit Pure because I found it quite boring to workout in a gym and prefer smaller, boutique gyms more. Hope this helps!

Last updated: 7 August 2016